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Pierogi Paradise - Exploring Greenpoint NYC’s Best Polish Restaurants Pierogi Paradise - Exploring Greenpoint NYC’s Best Polish Restaurants - 15th Feb 2014
Known locally as Little Poland, Greenpoint has been the heart of the Polish community in New York City for decades, with more Polish businesses here than anywhere else in the city. Standing on the main strip, Manhattan Avenue, you could be forgiven for thinking you were in a small town in Silesia, as Polish bakeries, delis and restaurants line the sidewalk and the sound of the Polish language fills the air.
Five London Restaurants for Homesick Poles Five London Restaurants for Homesick Poles - 24th Oct 2012
This week’s blog post focuses on the best Polish eateries in the UK’s capital. There’s a pretty big Polish community here in London – or you might say communities – and it’s hard to pick a favorite restaurant because there are quite a few to choose from.
Polish Heritage Month: our ancestral legacy in a changing America Polish Heritage Month: our ancestral legacy in a changing America - 27th Sep 2009
Today, many people take Polish Heritage Month for granted. Come October, politicians issue proclamations, and there are exhibitions, concerts, various presentations and other events highlighting Polish contributions to America. But this was not always the case. Polish Heritage Month is a relatively recent development. By “recent” I mean it originated in the latter half of the 20th century. Prior to then, accentuating one’s ethnic roots was often regarded as being divisive if not downright “un-American”.
What is Polish food all about? What is Polish food all about? - 26th Sep 2009
Polish Heritage Cookery, the nearly 1,000-page cookbook my wife and I wrote back in early 1990s, defined Polish cookery as follows: “Polish cuisine is a blend of hearty peasant dishes and more elegant gourmet fare, served with a flair and generous helping of hospitality (...) It has succeeded in assimilating a broad cross-section of (foreign) cultural influence, but has not lost its distinctly Slavic favor in the process.”
How Poles celebrate namedays How Poles celebrate namedays - 25th Sep 2009
Unlike most other nations, the people of Catholic Poland tend to attach more importance to the feast day of their patron saint than to birthdays. In the past, this was also common in other Catholic countries such as Austria and Bavaria (southern Germany) where the Namenstag was once widely celebrated.
Starting a Polish restaurant Starting a Polish restaurant - 22nd Sep 2009
Italian Americans are lucky. When they eat out, they can choose everything from elegant gourmet dining spots to neighborhood pizza joints. On the other hand, except for Chicago, most of the America’s so-called ‘Polish restaurants’ are usually little more than blue-collar American eateries that also include pierogi, gołąbki and kiełbasa on the menu.
A Polish Thanksgiving A Polish Thanksgiving - 20th Sep 2009
Thanksgiving Day (Święto Dziękczynienia) is celebrated in the US on the fourth Thursday of November. While certainly not a traditional Polish-rooted holiday, it has been eagerly observed by Polonians and Americans of other ethnic backgrounds as far back as anyone can remember.
Fortune-telling on St. Andy’s eve Fortune-telling on St. Andy’s eve - 20th Sep 2009
In Polish tradition, the day before the feast day of St. Andrew, has long been associated with fortune-telling games. This might be an interesting, “something different for a change” theme for your fall charitable or club function or other late-November get-together.
A pilgrimage for Grandpa’s opłatek: A Polish-American Christmas Tale A pilgrimage for Grandpa’s opłatek: A Polish-American Christmas Tale - 20th Sep 2009
Grandpa’s strength was waning and his low spirits hinted that his 95th Christmas could well be his last. So sons, daughters and grandchildren scoured area department stores for a special gift to delight the family patriarch. The hunt netted a pile of flannel shirts, thermal underwear and even an electric blanket.
A Polish cup of tea A Polish cup of tea - 16th Sep 2009
In addition to being a refreshing hot beverage, tea is a great warmer-upper highly recommended for outdoor activities during the colder months. It also settles an upset stomach - something that cannot be said about coffee.
Everything you should know about dyngus day Everything you should know about dyngus day - 1st Apr 2009
Historically a Polish and Polish-American tradition, Dyngus Day celebrates the end of the often restrictive observance of lent and the joy of Easter. Over the decades, Dyngus Day has become a wonderful holiday to celebrate Polish-American culture, heritage and traditions. How did it start? There are many stories that attempt to explain the origins of the day.